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Terrapin Pumpkinfest - Terrapin Beer Company

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 47
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Although this is a pumpkin beer, it is a lager and therefore doesn't belong in the pumpkin ale category. Originally a Side Project, now a Fall seasonal in six-packs.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of thedoubler55
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice bright copper color, there was only a hint of head at the top but barely anything, left almost no lacing at all.

S: Strong notes of cinnamon and pumpkin, nice warming malt note on the tail end.

T: Well Balanced, nice cinnamon notes and different spices throughout, nice flavor, perfect for the season.

M: Medium bodied, well balanced, moderate carbonation.

O: This was one of the pumpkin brews that I thoroughly enjoyed, well balanced and great tasting, great fall beer!

Photo of UnderPressure
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown orange color. Off white head. Very clear. Retention could be better.

Funky vegetal aroma with spices. Malt in background.

You can taste the pumpkin upfront. Spices and malt in the finish.

Medium bodied with a relatively dry finish.

Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-amber color, completely opaque in a strange kind of way - not exactly "hazy" looking like many witbiers, but you definitely can't see through it. Small, gray head that barely lasts seconds and leaves no lacing. The smell contains a hefty dose of spices, the most prominent to me being nutmeg, followed up by a little bit of cinnamon and maybe even allspice. The concoction of flavors may cause your mind to think "pumpkin" but this beer, to me, was more reminiscent of holiday spices in general. Slight peppery aftertaste, with a thick, malty base throughout, finished with a touch of yeast and bread on the palate. A bit watery overall, but still holds a nice amount of spice and malt flavor. Low bitterness and hops might be present, but at that point, you're just reaching. Medium body, medium carbonation.

This was a pumpkin beer that was closer to "holiday spice" than "pumpkin". Why exactly? I'm not too sure. Maybe it was the balance of spices? Though I would definitely say nutmeg was the most prominent and may even argue it was slightly overpowering compared to the rest. All in all, a decent brew, definitely a nice holiday warmer.

Photo of speak72
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ddibella84
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a copper color body with no head or lace to it. The smell has a very nice aray of pumpkin spices and pumpkin flesh. The taste is upfront of spices and then a mellow flavor of pumpkin come throug. The mouth feel is good, almost the constincey of a lager. well balanced and carbonated. Overall this is a good pumpkin beer.

Photo of tommyd313
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of IndieMetal
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Cheet577
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Roland45s
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of retreminy
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Immortale25
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Seasonal 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with an 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light, small wisps of surface foam. Small clots of surface foam.

S- Powerful aroma of cinnamon, ginger and pumpkin pie. It's actually the first pumpkin beer I've ever encountered that truly replicates pumpkin pie in the smell.

T- Heavy clove and nutmeg in the flavor, especially nutmeg. Light toasted malt. The nutmeg does not cease and almost becomes too much. Not as much actual pumpkin as in the aroma.

M- Some spice sting with medium-low carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- You'd better like nutmeg if you wanna get into this brew. A good stab at the style but could use some toning down in the spice department.

Photo of weaselchew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of beedster14
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of RWLawman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Medium amber, small yellow tinged head

S- little sweet pumpkin smell with subtle vanilla, not really spicy but something I can't put my finger on

T- sweet pumpkin, not too bitter - lacks a spice I was expecting. Very light, but not watery.

Mf - standard little more smooth and less bubbles than what I'd consider average

Overall - good, like the lack of bitter and the sweetness isn't too much. Very drinkable for 6.1% with no real presence of alcohol flavor.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Pumpkinfest

Look: Orangeish hue with a bit of sediment. Soapy yellowish head forms and leaves lace.

Smell: Bready , biscuity smell with vanilla and pumpkin scents. A very pleasing and sweet smelling pumpkin lager.

Taste: Caramel, pumpkin and very light spices , mild hop bitterness, and leaves a vegetable aftertaste; definitely like fresh pumpkin. A little cinnamon and allspice. Pretty tasty brew but a bit tame.

Feel: Medium bodied, moderately low carbonation.

Overall: A decent pumpkin brew, interesting its a lager. Solid and from a beer geek standpoint, a pretty cool idea. Lacks the fullness of the its ale brethren.

Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tjonesjr
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of doc17325
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Chaney
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this one for quite a while and I'm now taking the plunge. Observation: It seems that most of Terrapin's stuff sold in 4-packs is money!

A: Poured out clear as a bell, dark orange in color, and with a solid white foamy head with teeny tiny bubbles.

S: True to its title, I got pumpkin spices imbedded in a German mothball-like concoction. A Marzen, if you will.

T: I had problems with this one. I didn't like how this has all the makings of a pumpkin pie brew, but instead of getting the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc., this was spoiled by the German malt additive.

M: The carbonation was fine, but this was far too hoppy to be a great pumpkin ale to my mind. Quite bitter indeed. The lacing left on the glass was ridiculous.

O: This was an interesting experiment, but it proved one thing to my mind: Don't mix pumpkin and Marzens... the ingredients just don't mesh well together.

Terrapin Pumpkinfest from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.